## determining shape from given information

$sp, sp^{2}, sp^{3}, dsp^{3}, d^{2}sp^{3}$

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### determining shape from given information

could you determine the geometry of a molecule (VSEPR) if given only its hybridization? if given its hybridization and another aspect? if so what aspect?

Saman Andalib 1H
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### Re: determining shape from given information

Not necessarily. Knowing the hybridization surrounding a particular atom in a molecule tells you the number of regions of electron density around that atom. This allows you to know the initial VSEPR molecular geometry, but you cannot know the exact altered molecular shape unless you also know the number of lone pairs which surround that particular atom.

For Example:

H20 and CH4 both have sp3 hybridization orbitals surrounding the central O and C atoms respectively.

:O:
/ \
H H
H
I
H - C -H (Spacing is messing up the Lewis structure for this molecule)
I
H

This information about the hybridization allows you to know that both molecules have an initial VSEPR molecular geometry which is Tetrahedral, but it does not tell you that the two lone pairs surrounding the Oxygen atom change its molecule geometry to being Bent.

Rami_Z_AbuQubo_2K
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### Re: determining shape from given information

No because hybridization only tells us how atomic orbitals combine to form hybridized orbitals. These orbitals allow us to determine bonding properties of a molecules which contributes to the overall geometric structure. It is not solely to create the structure of a molecule, mainly because were are looking at specific parts of a molecule.

Katelyn Phan 2A
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### Re: determining shape from given information

No, hybridization only tells us the number of regions of electron density around the central atom. It doesn't tell us the specific bonds/pairs around it. (bonded or lone)